Apps are fantastic, aren’t they? They add functionality to the phone, provide entertainment, and allow you to personalize your phone to your taste. Given the nature of the world we live in, apps do have to be updated fairly regularly.
This is to prevent security breaches, keep pace with iOS update, and as the app publisher adds new features and fix bugs.
So here, we’re going to look at how to update iPhone apps to keep them and your phone working well.
Three Easy ways to Update iPhone Apps
The default is that your apps update automatically. If you think this is disabled or not working there is an easy way to check.
- Simply go to the App Store from the Setting app.
- Check Automatic Downloads making sure that the App Updates is turned on.
- Your iPhone will now download app updates as soon as they become available.
There might be times, however, when you’d prefer to manually update your phone apps rather than download them automatically. Some iPhone users like to let the latest version of an app run for a while before updating. This way any bugs can be identified and fixed before it ends up on your phone.
So how, do you manually update apps?
It is straightforward to manually update apps. Simply:
- Go to the App Store and tap your profile picture.
- From the list of apps, you’ll be able to see which ones have an update available. Simply tap the ones you want to update. There is also an option to update all the apps at once. Choose the one that fits your needs.
If you have a problem with an app it may require a manual update to get it back to form.
There are utility apps that help you manage apps and app updates. There are several on the market and normally premium is the way to go as you get what you pay for. If you want to use a utility app check reviews to make an informed choice.
There are rare occasions when apps do not update or start performing badly. If you’re getting issues the following may resolve them.
- Reboot Your iPhone – An oldie but a goodie, a reboot from time to time fixes a range of issues.
- Use Wi-Fi – By default any iPhone has a download limit of 200 Mb over data. Anything over this will only download when connected to Wi-Fi. If your app isn’t downloading check the size of the update. If it is over 200Mb then use Wi-Fi.
- Restart the Update – Now and then the update will stall. By tapping on the app icon you pause an update, tapping it again will recommence it. Give that a go and see if it downloads.
- Reinstall – It could be that the app has become corrupted to the point where it will simply not download the update. All you can do is uninstall and reinstall the app.
- Is Your Payment Method Current? – The App Store has a thing about credit cards being current. If your payment method isn’t up to date it won’t let you download a thing or update your apps even if they are free. So check this out as it could be the reason your apps aren’t doing what they should.
For more information visit Apple Support.